Raymond Ozoji , Awka
Commotion seems to have engulfed Orumba-South Local Government Legislature in Anambra State over a purported planned impeachment of the council chairman Hon.Barr.John Chigozie Onyeakpa by the councilors . The councilors in alleged connivance with the Deputy- Chairman of the council Mr. Emma Enwere and one Cyprian Okereke ;a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano had embarked on clandestine move to unseat the incumbent from office through an impeachment notice served on him .
Reacting to the aforesaid development in his local government area , the council chairman Hon.Barr.John Chigozie Onyeakpa who spoke with The UNION at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department Awka said he was only served notice of impeachment by the councilors and that he has not been impeached yet. Barr. Onyeakpa explained that there is a world of difference between impeachment and notice of impeachment emphasizing that the issue of impeachment is governed by the 2012 Local Government Laws of Anambra State as amended which according to him stipulates the procedures for impeachment .
He recalled that there have been very cordial relations between the executive and legislative arms of government in Orumba-South but the bone of contention according to him is that some people whom he described as power drunks infiltrated the council only to cause confusion and rancour .
My Deputy -chairman who is bent on removing me to take over . He is now making all moves to blackmail me . He has even gone ahead to sign an undertaken with the councilors that if they unseat me , he will give them half of my security votes…” Onyeakpa stated adding that his Deputy Chairman had assured the councilors that if he fails to fulfill his promise , they should pass a motion for his impeachment . He further accused his Deputy Chairman of demanding unhindered access to the local government treasury . He said that the councilors wanted increase in their welfare which according to him was the chief reason why they threatened him with an impeachment notice to compel him to comply with their demands .